It couldn’t have happened any other way. NTX Rayados second half substitute Christian Okeke scored in the 86th minute and the Dallas-based amateur side advanced past FC Wichita 3-2 to earn their first ever fourth round appearance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Wichita made league history becoming just the second amateur NPSL team to upset a pro team in the tournament since the league was founded in 2003.
FC Wichita had qualified for the last three US Open Cups, spanning all three years of the team’s existence and for the second year in a row they advanced in their opening round game, beating the Energy U-23s, 3-1.
Saint Louis FC punched its ticket to the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after dispatching 10-man FC Wichita, 4-3 after extra time, at the Stryker Soccer Complex in Wichita, Kansas.
FC Wichita defeated Azteca FC 1-0 in extra time of a long, rainy first round Open Cup match in central Kansas. The lone goal came in the 104th minute when Travis Pittman redirected Deri Corfe’s deflected shot into the visitor’s net.
The Menace used a late, breakaway goal from Leigh Veidman to secure the 1-0 victory over FC Wichita (NPSL) and move on to host the Tulsa Roughnecks Wednesday at Valley Stadium.